Cyclamen (Sowbread)

Cyclamen is a genus of about 20 species of tuberous perennials in the family Primulaceae. Most of them are native to Europe, Mediterranean.
These plants have attractive heart-shaped leaves and uniquely shaped, colorful, five-petaled flowers. They are one of the most popular house plants, but in right conditions they will also flourish outdoors. They will fascinate you with their beauty and perfection!

Name meaning:

The name “Cyclamen” comes from the Greek word “kyklos”, which means “circle”, probably because of its shape.

Several species are known as “Sowbread” because they are thought to be the favorite food of wild pigs.

Cyclamen symbolism:

Cyclamen is a flower of tenderness, sincerity and lasting feelings.

It also symbolizes maternal love for our ancestors.

Interesting facts about Cyclamen:

Leonardo da Vinci Loved Them Too

The plant was introduced in Europe in the 16th century.
Cyclamens were favorite flowers of famous scientist and artist Leonardo Da Vinci at the beginning of the 16th century. He was covering the margins of his manuscripts with them.

Is Cyclamen toxic?

Cyclamen contains saponins and all parts of the plant can cause severe reactions if ingested.
Its tubers are poisonous to people and, if eaten raw, can be even deadly!

Benefits and Uses

Cyclamen has a long history of use for both ornamental and medicine purposes.
They have been used medicinally for over 2 millenium. The Greek doctors and botanists discovered that Cyclamen can be used in medical purposes to speed up the delivery of babies, to make hair regrow, to heal wounds and boils etc.

Plant Type:

Bulbs, Perennials


The flowers are usually white, red, rose, purple or pink.

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